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of walmart for three years. where are you joining us from? >> i'm joining you from dallas, texas. >> are you working today? >> i was actually scheduled to work today, but i called off the job today. i'm officially on strike. >> why are you on strike? >> well, i'm on strike because of walmart's continuous retaliation against those of house choose to speak out against all of the injustices we have inside of our job and me and quite a few other associates have been taking actions last month building up to black friday. >> and why the move now? what is happening internalaly a far as you are concerned? >> we've done everything within our power to sit down and talk with corporate executives of walmart. we tried to talk to our managers and address these issues as far as treatment of associates who choose to speak out, the retaliation and they seem like they just don't want to listen to us and address these issues so we just feel like now is a time for all of us to stand up and to speak out and let everyone know that the things that go on inside of walmart are sometimes treacherous and we're struggl
at the dallas fed saying we ought to put a clear cap on it. it might be a little more interesting reading than we normally have the beige book. that got comments this morning. a lot of talk about costco and now joining the special dividend club. there are lists of cash rich stable companies that may be able to join this special dividend club. here's a couple i've seen bandied about this morning. william sonoma for one. home depot another one i heard bandied around. office max another one and even p petsmart i heard bandied around as special dividend candidate. about the knight capital deal and getco offer of 3.50. they asked if knight could survive as stand alone company at this point. it's not clear. the board as changed. there are new people on the board that represent various interests. there are people on the board that are maybe likely motivated to sell. who knows. former managing director of general atlantic is on the board. it's complicated. i've asked if other bidders might emerge out there. think about this. only two bidders mentioned are not publicly traded. i don't think that's an a
spending cuts and revenue increases. in the meantime, dallas fed president richard fisher tells cnbc that the central bank can't do much more to shelter the economy. >> we need to completely reboot tax policy and spending policy. if we have temporary fixes to the fiscal cliff, just push out the envelope of indecision until we have a sense of true direction, and it's time for our politicians to get their act together. >> fisher says he does not view the fed as a safety net. that is certainly a change of perception, one that congress is going to have to figure out pretty quickly along with the rest of washington. >> that it is. there's been a number of interviews this morning that would lead you to the same place. cisco reporting better than expected first quarter earnings in revenues, but the tech giant expects flat earnings and slower revenue growth for the current quarter. john chambers sees europe getting worse before it gets better, but he says there are signs of improvement in the u.s. economy. >> we want to be the one company that both exceeds expectations and doesn't bring down
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